Detailed villa description
Inside: guest accommodation is on the ground floor of Palazzo Ducale Guarini with most rooms directly accessing the wonderful gardens. The main entrance takes one into a generously proportioned hall, whose high vaulted ceilings, pristine white walls and immaculate finish set the tone for the rest of the property. Five broad steps lead up to an elegant, luminous drawing room with French windows opening out into the gardens. A small hallway accessed from the drawing room leads to the first bedroom, Foglia, a double-twin with an en-suite shower room and doors leading out to the gardens. Back in the drawing room a second door leads to the 14th century heart of the palazzo, now home to a voluminous living area with open fireplace and an inviting TV corner. The living area flows into the impressive barrel-vaulted dining room, which is served by a well-equipped kitchen. A corridor leads from the dining room to an internal winter garden, which provides access to two more bedrooms. To the left is Stella, a double with en-suite shower room and a sitting area in front of a fireplace, while to the right, up a few steps, is Luna, a suite comprising a double-twin bedroom and a sitting room leading to an en-suite shower room. The sitting room, which also accesses the garden, may be transformed into a twin (the fourth bedroom) and is suitable for children whose parents are staying in Luna. The fifth bedroom, Seme, is a double-twin with en-suite shower room, accessed only from the gardens. A stone spiral staircase leads from Seme to the sixth and final bedroom, a twin bedroom with low ceilings, suitable for children whose parents are sleeping below.
Outside: much of your time at Palazzo Ducale Guarini will undoubtedly be spent in the superb private garden, which is very much at the centre of life. It is an historic garden based on the original 19th century plan and features a vast array of trees and plants, including some unexpected and rare species. Following the paths between the trees and flowering plants one soon comes across an antique fountain, a vegetable garden from which you may pluck produce for your meals, and, the lovely pool, built where there was once an irrigation basin. Near to the pool is a dining area, an outdoor kitchen and a large covered sitting. Breakfast may be taken at the wrought iron tables in the shade of the citrus trees to one side of the house. Walk out of Palazzo Ducale Guarini and you're in the middle of Scorrano, a charming town to explore.